Google adds new AR tools for Google Maps

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11.10.2020 | Google adds new AR tools for Google Maps

Google has made a few updates for Google Maps which would make the platform a bit more useful for getting around. They are expanding the augmented reality (AR) capabilities in Google Maps. Last year, They introduced Live View, a feature which use AR to guide you around a city. Soon, they will release a new feature which helps you to visualize the location of specific businesses and landmarks — how far they are, and the direction you need to travel to reach them. For instance, if you’re trying to get to the Eifel Tower in Paris, you’ll see a little blue dot telling you which way to go within a live feed from your phone’s camera.

Google also said they have expanded the Live View so that it works while using multi-modal navigation. Say you’re following subway directions in Google Maps; once you exit the station you’ll be able to use Live View to orient yourself and start walking in the right direction. You’ll also be able to access Live View when sending and receiving locations on your phone.

Lastly, Google says it’s making location pins more accurate by taking into account elevation as it appears on your screen. This should hopefully avoid some confusion when the place you’re headed to is at a different elevation from your current location, causing awkward pin locations in Maps.


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